Your Resting Place

Written by  Tim Cole Wednesday, 17 June 2015
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Rest is a critical human need.  God designed our physical and emotional beings to enable us to accomplish great things, but they weren’t designed to work 24/7. They were designed to “work” like batteries that have a finite amount of energy and resource. After discharging that energy, batteries need to be recharged and replenished before the next challenge or task.

Our secular and church cultures often work against us getting enough rest, or specifically replenishing rest.  Secular society busies itself to both numb what’s wrong and pursue some kind of significance.  Sadly, it’s not that different in the church where we find the same performance driven lifestyles only now compelled by an underlying need for approval from God.

This has tremendous ill effect on our physical bodies, as well as our mental and emotional states.  Our bodies become increasingly vulnerable to sickness, our “parts and pieces” begin wearing out early, and systemic fatigue can become the acceptable status quo for our lives.  On the inside, our minds begin to function in a cloud of fog, and emotionally we can become numb or, worse yet, begin riding a roller coaster that has no exit.

Let me suggest three things that will help us find our resting place and be physically and emotionally replenished there.

First, we have to find your resting place.  I am not referring to a literal place for rest, although that is actually very helpful.  And I am not referring to vacations, days off, or time off, although they are certainly part of a healthy cycle of rest. Instead, I am talking about the metaphoric “resting place” that refers to where something or someone is buried.  That is worth a “selah.” Paul tells us in Romans 6 that we are dead to sin and the performance demanded by a Law that we could not live up to and instead we are alive to God in Jesus.  Someone has been buried with Christ!  That is where we will find our resting place!

I believe that there remains a “rest” for the people of God that is spiritual at the core (Hebrews 4:9).  
Being at rest spiritually means to have ceased from our own works or efforts that attempt to secure and maintain what has already been fully provided by Jesus (Hebrews 4:10).

Second, since spiritual rest is the wellspring of replenishing rest for our body and soul, finding our resting place involves developing and living out of an intimate relationship with the Shepherd of our Souls – Jesus (Psalm 23).  Trust is the key to rest.  Rest is not an absence of activity, but rather an absence of certain self-relying, self-dependent activities.  In sweet restful surrender, we can throw off the stress and pressure of having to do it for ourselves and rely solely on Jesus to lead us to productivity and also to rest.  “He leads me..., He restores my soul.”  There is no separating the state of relationally relying on Jesus to shepherd our lives and the subsequent replenishing of our souls and bodies regardless of our outward activity.

Lastly, we should give ourselves to the journey and experience of whatever place He leads us to for however long we are there, whether still waters, green pastures, or paths of righteousness.  Rest doesn’t come from inactivity but from the right activity, which can only be defined by what God is doing or leading us to do at any given moment.  So what might seem like work to others can actually be replenishing and restful to us on the inside.  I would suggest, however, that the key to maximizing the replenishing benefit of rest into our body and soul is to be present in that moment and activity; to give ourselves to it without the need to have one eye looking or arm working toward the next thing coming. Perhaps the greatest benefit that comes from trusting a Savior/Shepherd is that we can give ourselves to where He has led us this moment and let Him be responsible for the path and moving pieces in front of us.

When you and I find our resting place, we can actually be replenished in our spirit, soul, and body as we throw off false responsibilities and performance grids to totally trust our lives in the hands of the Shepherd who gave His life for ours.

Last modified on Thursday, 18 June 2015
Tim Cole

Tim Cole

Tim Cole, along with his wife Dawn, are Lead Pastors of Destiny Community Church in Lexington KY.  A revivalist, apostolic voice, speaker, author, and life coach, Tim is committed to fathering this generation into wholeness, maturity, and fruitfulness so they can bring heaven to earth.

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